Friday, October 23, 2015

Review: Blessed are Those Who Mourn by Kristi Belcamino

Blessed are Those Who Mourn
by Kristi Belcamino

Publisher: Witness Impulse
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  San Francisco Bay Area reporter Gabriella Giovanni has finally got it all together: a devoted and loving boyfriend, Detective Sean Donovan; a beautiful little girl with him; and her dream job as the cops' reporter for the Bay Herald. But her success has been hard-won and has left her with debilitating paranoia. When a string of young co-eds starts to show up dead with suspicious Biblical verses left on their bodies--the same verses that the man she suspects kidnapped and murdered her sister twenty years ago had sent to her--she begins to question if the killer is trying to send her a message.

It is not until evil strikes Gabriella's own family that her worst fears are confirmed. As the clock begins to tick, every passing hour means the difference between life and death to those Gabriella loves... 

Kritters Thoughts:  A crime reporter and a detective are dating and have a child together and with the history in the crime reporter's past, they both live on edge and always looking over their shoulder.  With a young daughter, they have put a lot in place to keep their family safe.  Of course, there is no story without something happening - so tragedy strikes and their world and large Italian family are turned upside down.

As they don't spoil what happens in the synopsis, I won't spoil here either.  What I will say is the pacing in this book was fantastic.  It seems to be on the shorter side (I read it digitally) and in my first sitting I got about 60 pages and then finished it in the second ending.  Once the tragedy strikes, you can not even try to put this down.  The pacing gets you and I loved it, I was glad that once the real action started, there was no stopping.

The fourth in a series and they are mostly self-contained, but I wish that I had started at book one as I feel like I missed a lot.  I could tell that the author spent time reminding readers or telling back story if you had missed others, but I felt left out of the details.  I would recommend this one, but start in the beginning.

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2015 Challenge: 43 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from William Morrow.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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